We usually end our religion coverage with the new atheists, but I’m in a rush this morning, and this is easy, so … via Jerry Coyne’s blog, here:
I reported earlier (see here and here), that the Templeton World Charity Foundation (TWCF), as well as two seemingly reputable philosophical societies (the Analysis Trust and the Aristotelian Society), are sponsoring a conference in Oxford next March on “The Metaphysics of the Trinity: New Directions“.
The philosopher and atheist Anthony Grayling, Master of the New College of the Humanities and a supernumerary fellow at Oxford, didn’t like this conference at all, and expressed his displeasure. More.
Of course, the Trinity is a philosophical concept, whether a self-satisfied ignoramus chooses to understand that fact or not.
I’ve heard it argued—rightly or wrongly, Vince may perhaps say—that the concept of a “person” as understood today derives in part by ongoing discussion of what it would mean to be three persons in one.
Formerly, a “persona” was a mask an actor used in the Greek dramas, to amplify the voice. Useful, but not helpful philosophically.
Why is new atheism beginning to sound like the precious little asshats currently rampaging at U’s?
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